Overview

When the Beagle docked in Angra do Heroismo on its return journey from the Galapagos Islands, Darwin couldn’t resist exploring the island of Terceira. You’ll follow in Darwin’s footsteps on two wheels, during a self-guided cycling holiday on Terceira, riding the Darwin Trail in the company of our local cycling guide and seeing all the beautiful landscape has to offer.  Spanning 8 days, you’ll visit the stunning coastline and dramatic interior of  the Terceira island in the Azores.

Your self-guided cycling holiday begins in the historic town of Angra, the first settlement in the Azores to be granted city status due to its significance as a maritime hub for ships sailing between Europe, the West Indies and the Americas. The city suffered considerable damage during a major earthquake on New Year’s Day 1980 – repairs where completed by the end of 1983 and the city was awarded UNESCO status.

Having explored the Darwin Trail with our guide, you’ll then complete a three day, self-guided cycling holiday throughout the island.

There’s also time away from cycling, with a visit to the Algar do Carvao, a unique 3000 year old volcanic chimney which was formed by two major eruptions (1000 years apart), when the island was still volcanically active.

You’ll also spend a day with our local guide exploring the Reserva Florestal Natural Parcial do Biscoitos da Ferraria on foot: a protected reserve at the centre of the island. 20% of the island is classified as a protected Natural Park, with the aim of conserving what remains of the island’s Laurel Forests. Laurels were once common across mainland Europe before disappearing naturally due to glaciation.

Terceira provides a glimpse of how the islands of the Azores must have looked when the first settlers arrived, before the Laurel forests here were also (almost) destroyed.  A self-guided cycling holiday is the optimum way to view the beauty this area offers.

Itinerary

Day 1 Fly London to Terceira. Transfer from airport to hotel in Angra (20mins). Overnight at Pousada São Sebastião for 3 nights.
Today you are free to spend a relaxing first day exploring historic Angra do Heroismo.
Full day guided cycle ride - Guided Darwin on Terceira ride (47km). When Darwin's the Beagle docked in the bay at Angra do Heroismo, he made various forays into the interior of the island and you’ll visit some of the same places, riding on a mix of quiet country roads and gravel farm tracks. Your day ends at the beach with a swim before returning to your hotel. The route can be tailored If you would prefer to only ride on tarmac roads. Picnic included.
Self-guided cycle from Angra to Serreta on the west coast of the island (20km). Overnight in an apartment in Serreta. A welcome pack is included so you can prepare breakfast the next morning.
Self-guided cycle from Serreta, to Biscoitos on the north coast and on to Praia da Vitoria on the east coast (35km). Overnight in Varandas do Atlantico for 2 nights.
Rocha do Chambre guided walk (full-day). Distance : 11km. Difficulty : Medium. One of the most spectacular trails on Terceira, this walk takes you to the highest point on the island from where you have views across the island to the coast. After the walk there is the possibility to visit Algar do Carvao, a large underground lava tunnel. Picnic included.
Self-guided cycle from Praia to Angra (25km). Overnight at Pousada São Sebastião.
Transfer from hotel to the airport for your flight to London.

Price Per Person

We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget with prices per person starting from...

Jan
£NA
Feb
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Mar
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Apr
£998
May
£998
Jun
£1180
Jul
£1180
Aug
£1272
Sep
£1180
Oct
£998
Nov
£NA
Dec
£NA

INCLUDED : accommodation on B&B sharing basis, airport and luggage transfers, four days bike and helmet hire, maps and route notes, a full day guided cycle ride, a full day guided walk, flights and airport taxes (guide price only), pre-departure information booklet. EXCLUDED : meals (other than breakfast) and travel insurance.

Accommodation

You'll be staying in a converted 16th century fortress ideally positioned above the marina in Angra for most of your week. It's in a quiet location but just 5 minutes walk into town. And also in two other locations around the coast during your cycle journey.

Activities

With a mix of cycling and guided walking, you'll explore both the gentle coastline and the dramatic interior of this beautiful island.

Location

An island of traditional coastal villages and wild interior moorland and of course its famous capital, Angra do Heroismo, a UNESCO World Heritage town.

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